13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what state does Ginny wake the next morning?

2. What amazes Ginny about Peg?

3. What is Ginny to ask if she gets lost in Harrods?

4. What is Richard's job at Harrods?

5. What is one reason Ginny is having difficulties?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ginny think of the streets in Rome and how does she find the metro station?

2. What do Ginny and Keith discuss over a beer and coke?

3. How does Ginny feel at the door to the pub and what does Keith tell her?

4. Where do Keith and Ginny go after having a drink?

5. What does Ginny ask Beppe when they arrive at his apartment and what does he do there?

6. Who is Ginny supposed to meet in Edinburgh and why? How does Ginny feel about going there?

7. What does Richard say when asked what he sold the Queen?

8. What do Keith and Ginny do at the house in Edinburgh and what is Ginny told as she is leaving?

9. Where does Ginny go and what does she get there?

10. Where does Ginny go to search for artists, and what does she decide?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in the story. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Consider the death of Mike as an random act of nature and the death of Luis as the result of conscious violence. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Rick from the beginning of the book to the end.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "13 Little Blue Envelopes" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ginny. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Peg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Richard. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Ginny always felt as though she was more interesting around her Aunt Peg. She was rather shy and tried hard to blend in wherever possible, which was almost impossible with a thirty pound green and purple backpack. It is a June afternoon when Ginny arrived at the 4th Noodle Penthouse to pick up the package left to her by Aunt Peg. The smell is immediately familiar and she half expects Peg to come in any second, but of course that is impossible. She can't believe her Aunt is actually gone. Her visits to Peg had been infrequent, but magical. Peg had always been flighty, so when her phone stopped working, no one panicked.

1. Discuss, in detail, why you think Ginny always felt more interesting around her aunt. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Discuss, in detail, ways in which you think Ginny could overcome her shyness. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Discuss what you think Ginny might be feeling and thinking when she enters the penthouse. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

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